Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Pittsburgh: Stronger than Hate

By: MF, 

I am glad to be back and able to cover the game tonight. My new full-time job has kept me from doing the website every night, but I am doing better at working out a time schedule that will help me in covering the site while also being able to get some sleep for work.

Now onto tonight's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. The city will be united together not only for this hockey game, but as a city united against hate. Though we are wounded, Pittsburgh will never bow down to hate. It's an emotional time for the city.

Let's now turn our minds to this game. Sit back and take some time to get away from the world. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Guentzel - Crosby - Simon
Hagelin - Malkin - Kessel
Sheahan - Cullen - Hornqvist
Rust - Grant - Sprong

Dumoulin - Riikola
Johnson - Ruhwedel
Maatta - Oleksiak

Murray in the net!

*Kris Letang is out of the lineup tonight due to a lower-body injury*

Pens 3 Islanders 6

3rd Period
0:00 - That does it. The Islanders take this game 6-3 over the Pens.

2:35 - Empty net for the Pens.

3:07 - Power play time expires.

5:07 - Late power play chance for the Pens.

5:44 - Back and forth hockey right now.

9:45 - Riikola takes a seat in the box for holding and the Islanders get a power play chance.

10:16 - Tom Kuhnhackl scores. Kuhnhackl spins and puts the puck in front of the net. The puck goes off Oleksiak's skate and past DeSmith. 6-3 Islanders

11:37 - The Islanders have pushed back. Nothing much to update on right now. Islanders playing good defensively at the moment.

16:16 - DeSmith shuts the door on Nelson, which sends the Pens down the ice. Kessel finds Malkin flying down the wing, but his shot goes wide of the net.

18:37 - MALKIN SCORES! He spins around in front of the net and backhands the puck past Greiss. 5-3 Islanders

20:00 - Time for the third period! The Pens have to step their game big time if they want to get back into this one. Thomas Greiss is in the net for the Islanders to start this period. No sign of Lehner. Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - That does it for the second period and the Islanders hold the 5-2 lead.

3:18 - DeSmith with a solid save to deny Filppula.

5:11 - Penalty is over.

6:11 - Eberle scores his second goal of the night. The Islanders get an odd man rush and that leaves Eberle alone with an open net. The Pens challenge for off-sides and it was a close call. The referees end up ruling that the goal stands, which means the Pens will now have to kill off a delay of game penalty. 5-2 Islanders

8:03 - DeSmith will replace Murray between the pipes.

8:04 - Jordan Eberle scores on the power play. Eberle gets the puck down low and in front of the net. He elevates the puck over the glove of Murray. 4-2 Islanders

9:13 - Guentzel is called for interference and will take a seat in the penalty box. Penalty killing time for the Pens.

10:28 - Matt Martin scores. Casey Cizikas draws two Pens on him, which leaves Martin open on the wing. He passes over to Martin that beats Murray up high. 3-2 Islanders

14:23 - That does it for the power play. The Pens had some great chances, but couldn't get the puck past Lehner.

16:23 - Ladd will head over to the sin bin for slashing and the Pens head onto the power play.

19:20 - Power play time expires for the Islanders.

20:00 - We are back for the second period! There is still 40 seconds left on Johnson's penalty that the Pens have to kill off. Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - The first period comes to an end and things are tied 2-2.

0:02 - Murray with a huge save right before the end of the period.

1:20 - Now the Pens will head onto the penalty kill as Johnson is called for holding.

2:01 - CROSBY SCORES! Crosby comes flying into the offensive zone with the puck. He fires the puck above the glove of Lehner into the net. Perfectly placed shot. 2-2 tie game

2:39 - The Pens are doing some good stuff on the ice right now.

5:36 - SIMON SCORES! Crosby makes a pass from the goal line out to Simon. Simon slides the puck to the front of the net looking for Guentzel instead the puck goes off the skate of Ryan Pulock past Robin Lehner into the net. 2-1 Islanders

7:32 - Brock Nelson scores. Nelson puts a quick shot past Murray, short-side. 2-0 Islanders

9:17 - Andrew Ladd scores. The Pens are caught during a change and Ladd is wide open at the side of the net. Valtteri Filppula slides a pass over to him and Ladd puts it in the open net. 1-0 Islanders

11:37 - Good puck movement by the Pens on that power play. Not many shots on net though.

13:37 - Power play for the Pens as Josh Bailey goes to the box for slashing.

16:30 - Solid start for the Pens. 

20:00 - The puck has dropped and this game is underway! Lets Go Pens! 

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